When your sage or palo santo finally arrives, you’ll want to use it to purify and rid the air of bacteria, viruses, and fungi in your home, office, or during your self-care routine.
Also known as ‘smudging’ Here are some useful tips on how to perform a sacred smoke ritual to bring in the positive energy and clear the bad vibes away…
STEP 1: CLEAR THE AIR & OPEN THE WINDOWS & DOORS
It's always best to smudge when no one is around, so no one is affected by the smoke. Ensure that children or pets are not present in the space.
STEP 2: OPEN WINDOWS & DOORS
Opening the doors in and around the space will allow providing an outlet for the smoke to escape whilst removing all negativity energy and impurities to move away.
STEP 3: SENT YOUR INTENTIONS:
It's always a good idea to set an intention as you are beginning the sacred ritual of smudging. For example, you might say something like,
" I intend for all the energy that does not serve me for my highest & best, leave this space NOW."
STEP 4: LIGHT THE SMUDGE STICK:
Tilt the SAGE smudge stick (SAGE OR PALO SANTO) on a 45-degree angle and then light the end of it. Let it burn for 20 seconds, and then blow out the flame.
If the embers start to fade as if they are putting themselves out, gently blow on the lit area to reignite it.
Note: If your smudge stick is bundled too tightly, it will be difficult to keep it lit. Loosen the string that is holding it together and crush the end of it on your abalone shell to give it more breathing room.
Palo santo is a little more difficult to keep lit, so you might need to light it several times throughout your smudging ritual.
STEP 5: LET THE SMOKE MOVE THROUGH EACH AREA IN THE HOME
Allow the smoke to flow through space, air, and around your body, depending on the purpose you are smudging for. Ensure that the smoke travels through all the little areas, such as your closets, surfaces, and fill in all the crevices.
STEP 5: CLOSE YOUR RITUAL
Smudging is a sacred smoke ritual and energy has a lot of positive benefits and therefore is an important part of your self-care routine.
It’s important to express gratitude during the ritual for guiding you to purify and cleanse your space and your energy field depending on the purpose of the ritual.
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